“It’s a lot about daywear this season,” Tibi designer Amy Smilovic told us backstage before her Fall 2013 show. “We really wanted to nail: What do you wear during the day and look amazing and fabulous in. It has a bit of 80s, it has a bit of 90s. It has a lot of utilitarianism to it. It’s a very sporty and very wearable collection.”
Smilovic’s upcoming collection was pretty appropriate on a wintry post-snowstorm February evening: Lotsfst of oversized wool coats, quilted moto-jackets, sculpted puffy vests, roomy neoprene sweatshirts and nubby merino wool knits to bundle up in. Leather made a strong showing in the form of asymmetrical pencil skirts, billowy culottes, skinny moto-cross pants reinforced with knee-patches and ultra-thigh-high boots. So high, in fact, that I mistook a few for leather pants paired with long textured knits, until I saw a flash of skin as a model strutted down the runway. (New catchphrase: Boots are not pants?)
The color palette consisted of strong army greens, blacks, whites, cobalt blues and emerald greens. While most looks were monochrome or mixes of solid colors, there was some play with prints and patchworking. A black and white slash-pattern made into a pair of paneled baggy pants and a top stood out. Subtle femininity peeked through with sheer silk panels on drapey dresses and a classic black blouse.
Final item of note: The return of that so-dorky-it’s-cool winter layering piece: The dickie, which, incidentally, was not last seen in the 90s, but last year on a shirtless Liz Lemon on 30 Rock. (Love you, Tina Fey!).